Get ready to fill up the calendar with loads of free and cheap things to do with your family this January! We’ve got tons of family-friendly events around Miami, Florida like food truck gatherings, free museum days and loads more. Scroll through to discover the best things to do with your kids this month in Miami.

Free First Saturday at the Gold Coast Railroad Museum

The Gold Coast Railroad Museum is dedicated to preserving, exhibiting, and operating historic equipment. It houses over 40 historic rail cars including Presidential Rail Car 'Ferdinand Magellan,' and Florida East Coast Steam Locomotive #153. Visit on the first Saturday of the month for free days. Dec. 7. Event details


Check Out Wings of the Tropics

Enjoy having hundreds of butterflies from all over the tropical world fluttering around you. Want to learn everything there is about these winged wonders? Then come to the Wings of the Tropics exhibit at the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden for an exciting and interactive learning experience that will make your kids beg you to bring them back. Event details

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Museums on Us Weekend

Bank of America cardholders can get free admission to many museums the first full weekend of the month, including the Miami Children's Museum. Jan. 4-5. Event details

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Free Art Making at PAMM

Every first Thursday, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., visit the Perez Art Museum Miami for this free monthly program featuring art-making sessions in the galleries, inspired by works on view. Jan. 2. Event details

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Night Hike & Campfire at the Deering Estate

Explore the woods and it’s wildlife as it comes to life at night! After the guided hike, gather around a campfire and enjoy complementary s’mores. Ages 4+. Jan. 8. Event details

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Little Lizards Program at Pinecrest Gardens

This drop-in, informal program will feature new activities every Wednesday relating to a monthly theme. Lizards will read, explore, create and imagine while learning about the wonders of nature. No prior registration necessary. Weather permitting. Ages 3-10. Event details

Free Third Friday at the Miami Children's Museum

Check out what's new at this awesome kids' museum for FREE on the third Friday of the month. Due to large crowds, it is suggested that strollers be left at home. Jan. 17. Event details

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Build a Mini Hockey Game at Home Depot


Face off with fun in this Mini Hockey Game Workshop. Kids develop hands-on skills by sanding, nailing, painting and more. With help from parents and Store Associates, your child will create and own their own game. Jan. 4. Event details

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First Fridays at Normandy Fountain

Trek down to Normandy Fountain in North Beach for a free live musical entertainment on the first Friday of every month. Jan. 3. Event details

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FREE Family Fun Day at HistoryMiami

On the second Saturday of the month you can enjoy free things to do, learn and experience with the whole family. Spend the whole day exploring the history and culture or our vibrant city. Jan. 11. Event details

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Free Admission and Jazz Performance at MOCA

Free outdoor concerts (rain or shine) held the last Friday of every month at 8 pm. MOCA galleries are open by donation from 7-10 pm. Jan. 31. Event details. 

—Kate Loweth


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